Irish boxers to fight each other at New York's Madison Square Garden

Irish boxers to fight each other at New York's Madison Square Garden

IRELAND'S former leading amateur boxers Sean McComb and Steven Donnelly will fight each other at New York City's iconic Madison Square Garden next month.

The fight is scheduled for 27 October.

Both boxers made their professional debut on the undercard of UK fighter Carl Frampton's fight at Windsor Park in Belfast last month.

They have since recorded wins on the Amir Khan card in Birmingham and will fight again at Belfast's Titanic Exhibition Centre on 5 October ahead of their big New York bout.

Speaking after the announcement, McComb said: "I wasn't expecting to start my career off like this. You couldn't ask for anything better.

"It's unbelievable. It's unheard of and it doesn't seem real. It seems like a big dream.

"Madison Square Garden is something every single fighter dreams of. To have a big stadium fight on debut and again now is just incredible," added the Belfast fighter, who will be on the undercard of Daniel Jacobs v Sergiy Derevyanchenko.

"It's good to have someone who's career is going in the same direction in Steven, too. Steven was top 10 in the world as an amateur and he's a serious talent.

"Steven's a bit older and experienced so he's looking to push on in his career and fight for titles quickly. For me to go along with him, it boosts my confidence if I'm getting pushed with him."

Donnelly said: "Windsor Park was fantastic and now I'm on at Madison Square Garden having had my second fight on Amir Khan's undercard. You can't get much better than that.

"Fighting at Madison Square Garden is what boxing dreams are made of. I have to pinch myself and it's a great surprise.

"Once again, it's myself and Sean McComb and it's great to have him with me on the same cards and going at the same pace so bring it on.

"I improved in my second fight and felt a different fighter. I hope to keep that going in Belfast on 5 October and then improve again for Madison Square Garden. I'm absolutely buzzing for it."